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Lauren and Kelan met during their high school/college years and became fast friends. It wasn’t until five years later that they starting dating, and yet another five years before Kelan popped the question! With such a strong foundation of friendship, this couple chose to create a wedding that celebrated their friends and family who walked alongside all those years. They hosted the event under a big white romantic tent, with copious pops of beautiful color (hello gorgeous blooms by Sinclair and Moore Events) to add to their fresh yet romantic style. Matthew Land Studios is responsible for the torture he caused us by having to choose which images to share with you. They are all literally so lovely!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The true personality of “us” was very apparent throughout both the entire ceremony and reception. The customized decor, such as, eclectic vases with single florals, intimate candle and Italian string lighting added special touches, along with the timeless picture show telling the story of each of our lives – it was all so magical. Most importantly, the abundant and very obvious love that filled the entire venue that whole night. The most important people – friends and family – were all there and celebrated in our joy with so many laughs and tears, resulting in a very memorable wedding that we will all forever share!






What were some touches added to make it personal?

Kelan’s Uncle, a Jesuit Priest, gave the blessing before dinner as well as a very heartfelt message spoken during the ceremony. Lauren’s Grandmother’s pearls were given to her at their family wedding reception (which was a Mexican fiesta for an Italian family, just to add some excitement), and added into her wedding bouquet as a special detail and remembrance.




What was the most memorable part of the day?

Kelan’s speech during the ceremony takes the cake! He had everyone in such unexpected happy tears and his words were ones that nobody was anticipating – even Lauren! Kelan won over even more hearts that night…for now anyway!!





Tell us how you met/proposed!

We met through mutual friends during the summer of Kelan’s Sophomore/Junior year of college and Lauren’s Junior/Senior year of highschool! Kelan lived at a college house with his (still best guys and groomsmen), where Lauren and her good friends spent the Summer of 2001! We became extremely close friends and continued to build that friendship for the next five years, when we finally realized we had more than just a friendship in each other – everything. Another 5 years passed and we celebrated with a weekend in Napa Valley, where Kelan romantically proposed and Lauren was shocked (she thought she had it all figured out so was taken aback and caught very much off guard). After an emotional moment (or several minutes), we were officially engaged and happily phoned our families (who were anxiously awaiting that phone call)!


Vendors: Photography: Matthew Land Studios // Ceremony, Reception and Catering: The Golf Club at Newcastle // Event Design and Flowers: Sinclair and Moore Events // Day-of Printed Matter: Spruce Stationery & Design // Dessert: Tallant House // Music: Austin Beaver // Rings: Turgeon Raine Jewelers // Hair: Gabe Walton at Obadiah Salon // Alterations: Lake Street Tailor // Formal Wear for Groom: Topman from Nordstrom // Formal Wear for Groomsmen: H&M // Rehearsal Dinner Restaurant: ZOË // Rentals: ABC Special Events Rentals // Lighting: Green Light Event Design // Transportation: British Motor Coach // Registry: Crate & Barrel

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Lacy and Mark were married in an intimate early evening ceremony held at the Chouse in Norman, Oklahoma.  The Chouse is now a privately owned home, but was originally the St. Thomas More University Parish attended by the groom as a boy. The highlight of the ceremony was the giving of rings, when the groom surprised the bride by presenting her with a beautiful and unexpected pear shaped diamond ring in addition to her channel set engagement band that she had intended to wear as her wedding ring.  Not a dry eye in the house and an audible gasp from the bride!

Lindsay, of Gibson Events and the bride Lacy worked together to design the reception in a working greenhouse. Guests were welcomed down a lantern lit path into the greenhouse.  A labyrinth like space that was filled to the brim with nooks and crannies of fountains, Koi ponds and romantic seating areas where guests could almost slip away unnoticed.  Of the approximately 5,000 square feet of indoor space only about 40% was usable for guest seating, food/bar service and dancing.  With a little ingenuity Lindsay and the vendor team made use of every available space! “The magical feeling was palpable,” said their photographer, Aaron Snow.

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Tell us about your vision for the big day!

I had been introduced to Lindsay Gibson previously and knew I wanted her to be the director guiding our vision. Before meeting with her I looked on her blog and fell for a small scale promotional photo shoot she had done at an awesome old Greenhouse in Oklahoma City. Our meeting was simple, I showed her the pictures and said, “please make this happen for us.” We quickly began brainstorming over venues that would serve as our inspiration. After a trip to the Greenhouse in Norman, Lindsay’s wheels began spinning and soon she had us convinced. Lindsay pulled together vendors and resources from previous associations.


What was your most memorable part of the day?

Mark arranged a breakfast for all the women in both families on the morning of the wedding.  It was the perfect calming and peaceful experience I needed before the busyness of the day set in.
Lindsay and our photographer, Aaron, arranged for us to do our first look at the Greenhouse so that we could see it before the guests arrived and because it was an amazing backdrop for photos with not an ugly view in sight!  I was so nervous and second guessing the idea of slipping into my gown in the back room of a garden center, but the moment Mark turned around and I saw his reaction I thought, “Yes, this is right, this is awesome, this is exactly what we wanted, now let’s have a party!”.

What are some personal details you added to make the wedding unique?

Tons of heirlooms, including: The flower girl basket — same basket used at my parent’s wedding, handkerchief I carried–my grandmother’s “something old”, I wore my Grandmother’s wedding ring for “something borrowed”, and the earrings my parent’s gave me were my “something new”.






How did you meet and become engaged?

Our story starts in 2007 when I was an intern at the company that Mark worked for. As we reflect on our history together he shares how he was really impressed with my passion, enthusiasm, commitment, and drive to the job. Immediately after my internship I went abroad and studied in Italy. Due to the connection we made I frequently contacted Mark while overseas to share my experiences. When I came back to the United States I started working for the same company that Mark worked for in 2009. Within a year Mark decided to take a chance and ask me out on a date. I refused at first. However that did not diffuse Mark’s feelings he had developed for me. After a month of persistent romantic gestures I agreed to go on a date with him. We went to Othello’s in Norman and what I thought would be a quick dinner turned into a three hour intimate conversation. After that dinner Mark and I were inseparable. Before knew it the first chapter of our love story lasted 3 years. Mark proposed to me on the anniversary of our first date on a surprise trip to New York City. It wasn’t long before we settled on a wedding date and began the planning.





Vendors: Photography: Aaron Snow // Design/Planning/Coordination: Gibson Events // Venues: Ceremony: The Chouse // Reception: The Greenhouse // Rentals: Mood Party RentalsMarianne’s Rentals for Special Events // Cakes/Sweets: Amy Cakes // Catering/Bar: Abbey Road Catering // Photobooth: SNL Booth // Floral: Poppy Lane Design // Hair: Ali Earnhart // Makeup: ChelseyAnn // DJ: Blake Overstreet // Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero // Maid of Honor gown: J.Crew

Molly and Nathan hosted a bright and colorful wedding at Marquee from March Hare in Martinborough, New Zealand. We absolutely adore their chic and effortless style, and their love of color…which has such a great affect against the soft backdrop of the scenery and wardrobe. Very special thanks to Benjamin and Elise for sharing their gorgeous images with us!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Making our wedding unique was our main goal when we began planning our big day. We searched for a venue for months and were on the verge of giving up for a year or so when one of our best friends suggested we have a look at a property her parent’s owned in regional New Zealand. Luckily, it was perfect! Surrounded by rolling hills, and encased in vineyards, they owned a teeny tiny reconsecrated church perched on the top of a hill. We think the location of the wedding was what made it especially unique!




Tell us about your gown and where/how you found it!

I found my dress by absolute fate! I knew exactly what I wanted but couldn’t find it anywhere. One of my beautiful friends was studying design at university in Dunedin and was helping me find something. Perchance one of her fellow students designed and made the dress of my dreams for her own personal final collection at Fashion School. The dress was perfect and just what I was looking for!




What were some touches added to make it personal?

Every single detail represented Nathan and I perfectly. That was the fun part; organizing a day that was all about us, as individuals as well as a couple. Styling and decorating our venue was one of our favourite parts of organizing our wedding. Nathan and I have very similar style and tastes so it was lots of fun putting our ideas together and making them a reality. We decided we would try our hardest to make every one of our ideas a reality, which meant a lot of planning as well as a number of logistical nightmares, but we did it! We bought most of our decorations while we were in South East Asia and had them shipped to NZ including the lightshades over the trestle tables, metres and metres of plain coloured bunting and 4 kilometres (2.5 miles!) of ribbon that we used to make the ribbon wall behind the head table. Nathan’s 94 year old grandmother sewed 250 metres of bunting from old material she had collected, the bunting is something that will stay in our family forever and means so much to us. She and Nathan’s mum also grew all of the flowers that lined the trestle tables and decorated the church. Before we moved from New Zealand we spent every weekend for months going to garage sales and op shops collecting old bottles, and we were lucky enough to find a couple who were selling their 500 piece collection of antique pharmaceutical and milk bottles. All of the love and work that was put into every aspect of the wedding made it personal!





What was the most memorable part of the day?

Wow, there were so many memorable moments! Little memories are still popping into our heads as the days go by. We stayed at our wedding with some of our closest friends and family until just before the sun came up, and had to walk the 3 kilometres home (just under 2 miles), and during our walk reality hit us; we realized that we had just pulled off a wedding in a paddock that had no electricity, running water or toilets. That was a very special and rewarding moment.


Tell us how you met/proposed!

We met through mutual friends while we were both studying at Victoria University, in Wellington, in 2008. Nathan proposed while we were sailing down the coast of Thailand with Molly’s parents. He proposed on a small beach on the island Ko Phayam. It was casual and sweet, we do don’t romantics very well!


Vendors: Photography: Benjamin and Elise // Ceremony Venue: Private property in Martinborough // Reception Venue: Marquee from March Hare // Florist: Moonflower // Caterer: Nosh // Wedding Invitations: iDear // Bride’s Dress: Lydia Jane Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Jellybean Jellies // Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos // Groom’s Suit and Shoes: Hugo Boss // Groom’s Tie: Three Wise Men // Wedding Cake: Go Cake Yourself “>Wedding Rings: MDT Design // Band: The Dufraines // Makeup: Hannah Wile from Made Up // Hair: Erin Tijsen from Glory // Celebrant: Bill Logan

Alicia and Jeff planned a gorgeous wedding combining Alicia’s love for woodland creatures with her elegant aesthetic (which obviously involved some creative wrangling from her designers of Intertwined Events!) The celebration took place at one of our fave venues, Casa Romantica, and was shot by Candice Benjamin. We know you will love it all!

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Tell us what made your wedding unique and special? 

Of course having my closest friends and family at the wedding was the largest part of the day being special and unique for us.  Design-wise, I think those qualities came naturally because we just followed our own sense of style. I was hesitant about things being “rustic” and nearly downright allergic to “whimsy”, but once I let go of trying to figure out a theme and went with what I liked, it all fell into place.  Thank goodness for my wedding planner, Katie Webb of Intertwined Events, because she just understood me right off the bat and lined me up with vendors who could work with her to execute my vision and effectively read my mind.  I was determined to walk the line between organic and modern, which is tough to do, and I think pretty special in how we pulled it off.  I have a thing for antlers, branches and other raw elements like that, so we were able to incorporate classed-up versions of those things that I find beautiful and a little bit strange.  My taste tends to be very offbeat, a word people use to be nice, whereas my husband is far more conservative, and it was important to me to be able to reflect both of us, even where we are divergent.  Katie and the other vendors, particularly the florist, were great at balancing me when I started to go into left field, softening hard elements that I like so much.

The ceremony took place at the church that my grandmother attended for many years, and that choice was very personal to me. Of course, as tends to happen in the planning process, a wrench was thrown in the works when the priest who presided over her funeral service retired a couple of months before my wedding, but it still meant very much to me to celebrate my new life with my husband, witnessed by family and friends, in a place that meant so much to her, my mom, and her family.  Since the wedding was in November, a month when Catholics celebrate those who have passed, a cross with her name on it hung on the wall, and that was really special for us.
At the end of the day, what made it special and unique was that I really did put my heart into every little detail, wanting it all to be beautiful according to my taste and to reflect us as a couple. My heart went into velvet chocolate ribbons with rosemary sprigs around the napkins, it went into pizazzing up the linens, it went into the signature cocktails, the bridesmaids dresses, ceremony music, ceremony musicians, everything.  No doubt it was a stressful way to live, but fortunately I had a great group of vendors that oftentimes I could just fall back and trust.  It all paid off in the end with a wedding that was exactly how I wanted it.
I even got to eat dinner, which I hear is pretty special and unique.
Tell us about some of the personal touches.
I had a few personal touches, even though I steered away from DIY due to time constraints and distrust of myself holding a can of paint or a glue gun.  We dropped the glass-clinking-earn-a-kiss tradition in favor of a must-do list of options which included waving streamers with bells, serenading us, toasting us, or telling a lawyer joke.  We are both lawyers, so the bigger the laugh, and our profession can be a tough audience, the better the kiss, and I will say, there were a few good ones in there.  The most popular one was having to write a haiku about love, even though I was sure that would bomb.  We even inspired my aunt from Cuba to write a dirty one in Spanish!  People had a ton of fun with that one.
I was in love with little aesthetic elements like our bear-bunny cake topper, which was borne of my inclination towards the weird and my husband’s inclination away from more traditional cake toppers.  I saw them on Etsy and fell in love with them, so I deferred to my husband to pick his favorite, and I picked mine accordingly.  I thought they were amazing at balancing weird with pretty.
My husband really feels a connection to music, so there were some songs that were very personal to us.  The anniversary dance was a song his grandfather loved, which was important to my husband and his dad.  The song playing during the cake cutting, though I’m sure very few people actually heard it, is a goofy song that we sing to each other from a TV show that we like.  Of course the first dance song was very personal and meaningful to both of us, even though it seems lighthearted.  We’ve associated so many of our special moments with songs that it was great to hear “the One we mangled the lyrics to on a lazy Saturday morning” played at a celebration of our relationship.
Tell us about what you remember the most from the day.
Most of the day is pretty hazy, unsurprisingly.  I barely got my hands on a cocktail, so that wasn’t the reason, so I know it was pure excitement and nerves.  The one thing that stands out the most is when I was standing on the church steps listening to the entrance music for the bridal party, which incidentally I also can’t really remember.  The double doors to the church were open for my bridesmaids, and my husband and I hadn’t done a first-look, so I was standing off to the side a little bit to not be so visible.  I was so nervous, I felt like I was going to start shaking and crying.  It didn’t help that my dad said “Don’t cry, because if you do, I will” and the thought of my dad crying was almost too much to handle.  My frazzled mind felt chaos everywhere with my sisters processing in, my dad talking to me, latecomers trying to squeeze in before me or hang around behind me, and the church coordinator and my wedding planner giving me smiles and words of encouragement.  When I looked up into the church, trying to get a peek of what was going on in there, I noticed my husband was right in my eyeline.  In trying to avoid him, I had placed myself in perfect view.  However, we both just started smiling so big, just beaming, that I didn’t feel nervous anymore, the chaos in my mind cleared, and I just wanted to get in there and see him.  I pretty much grinned like a fool the rest of the walk down the aisle, sat like a deer in headlights through the ceremony, natch, then continued to grin and laugh back down the aisle and through the reception.  I’m still kind of grinning like a fool.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
We actually met at work.  I was introduced around during my first week, but he was always out of his office.  Fast forward to the next week, and the elusive senior associate had set up a “welcome” happy hour for the newbies and all the existing associates and partners to interact.  I was stuck in the office working on a project, so I arrived late and took a seat at the opposite end of the table from the host, whom I still hadn’t met.  The long table was packed and I was sitting with my friends, so we didn’t interact until the middle of the table thinned out.  As I’m chatting it up, I hear this deep voice say something I can’t fully hear, then that whole half of the table just erupts in laughter.  I leaned forward and looked down the table to figure out who the unicorn funny lawyer was, and he was leaning in at the same time to drive the joke home, smiling and laughing himself.  I always thought when some of my married friends said “the world stopped” it was just a fluffy expression, like “seeing stars” and “hearing crickets”, but wouldn’t you know it, it really did seem like everything stopped.  I just felt this inner peace and clear knowledge that this person would be very important in my life.  How cool, I thought, a lawyer with a beard.  This was before beards were hip and more common, and yes, that was my real first solid thought about him.  I carried that weird sense of knowing with me throughout the ups and downs in our relationship; I had this innate calm that no matter what, everything was going to work out okay, which, as a natural worrier, was a first for me.  We still had times of turmoil and happiness, but for the first time, even from the beginning, I felt in my bones that it was all going to turn out right in the end.  So I married him.  That proved me wrong!  Just kidding.  Of course, his telling of that night and how we met is much more subdued, it’s shortened to just “we met at work” and leaves out the fluff, but that’s what makes us great for each other.

Vendors: Photographer: Candice Benjamin // Event Planners & Design: Intertwined Events // Venue: St. Catherine of Siena Parish Church // Venue: Casa Romantica // Videographer: FlyFennix // Florals: Bloom Box Designs // Entertainment: Ocdamia Strings // DJ & Lighting: Honored Occasions // Rentals: Bloom Box Designs // Rentals: Signature Party Rentals // Catering & Rentals: Carbonara Catering // Cake & Mini Desserts: Sweet & Saucy Shop

Ellen and Tom planned an incredibly elegant wedding in their local hometown of St. Louis Missouri, using their chapel venue as inspiration for the entire wedding. We absolutely love how Ellen tied as many meaningful elements into their special day as possible! Read her story with us, alongside the gorgeous images by Jordan Brittley!

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Tell us about finding your gown!

I had the hardest time committing to a dress. I tried on about 150 dresses at 12 different shops in 3 different cities. I knew I didn’t want to look like every other bride I had seen but I couldn’t quite figure out what it was that I wanted to look like. The whole process seemed like such an important and expensive commitment and I was terrified to make the wrong choice. I couldn’t settle on a budget, style, or designer. It wasn’t until I let myself give in to what I really wanted and let go of everyone else’s ideas and opinions that I found my dress. After I purchased the dress I still did have one person’s opinion nagging in the back of my mind. From the beginning, my mother was insistent that I not have a strapless dress. After accompanying me on my many attempts to find a dress she reached a point where she was ready for the experience to be over and a realization that salons didn’t offer a great selection of dresses beyond strapless. I met with my seamstress before the dress even arrived and we drew up a sketch for a jacket to go over the dress for the ceremony. The jacket became the key piece to the dress that made it truly one of a kind. I was able to surprise my mom with it during the second fitting and surprised Tom as well with a mini wardrobe change from the first look to the walk down the aisle. I loved being able to change up my look without completely changing my dress. It brought a timeless elegance to my bridal ensemble while still allowing me to dance the night away without being restricted.








Tell us about what made your day special and unique!

We loved the significance of getting married at Washington University, where Tom is currently a graduate student, and of course the beauty of the campus and chapel made for a lovely start to the evening. Long before we were actually engaged we agreed that our reception would have to be at the Racquet Club. Having enjoyed many date nights and parties at the Racquet Club we knew that not only was the location gorgeous but the service, food, and atmosphere are unparalleled. We actually decided on the venue first and then planned the rest wedding around it. Our inspiration really came from the venue. We used the stain glass windows to determine our color palette, the old world charm inspired tuxedos and cigars, and the dark wood and stone fireplaces led us to choose an autumn evening for the date. I poured through wedding blogs and magazines but really tried to find inspiration around me so that our wedding was really a reflection of who we are.

We really wanted to include our dog, Rocky, in our wedding but were not quite sure how since neither venue is pet friendly. We debated bringing him for pictures but the logistics and timing were not working out and I finally had to be the person to say, “it just won’t work.” I knew that Tom was heartbroken that Rocky wouldn’t be there. I gave him the cufflinks as a way to have his best friend with him as he walked down the aisle.

Handkerchiefs have a big significance in our family. Not only were several passed down, including the one I carried from my great grandmother, but we also all received handkerchiefs when we were younger. My family is full of criers and we wanted to make sure everyone could look a bit more elegant while shedding happy tears and have a beautiful memento to remember the day.

Since the reception was at a men’s club we wanted to make sure the ladies room well attended to. I gathered a few of my favorite toiletries and found a beautiful tray at an antique store. We included a few essentials such as extra hair bands and bobby pins to keep everyone looking their best. It’s so easy to get swept up in planning and lose your mind a little bit.







Do you have any advice for brides-to-be?

Focus on details that have significance to your relationship and will be unique to your day, not the latest trend on Pinterest. On the day of, slow down and take the time to appreciate all your hard work. The best part of the day was being announced as Mr. and Mrs. Noel at the reception. We walked in to a beautiful roomed filled with our favorite people and I have never heard a round of applause more genuine and filled with excitement. I felt amazing to know that everyone was so ecstatic to be there celebrating our relationship.

Mr & Mrs Noel from Jordan Brittley on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photographer: Jordan Brittley // Event Venue: Graham Chapel // Getting Ready Venue: The Chase Park Plaza // Bathroom Soap/Lotion: K. Hall // Bathroom Tray: Antique Store // Pie Tags and Cocktail Napkins: For Your Party // Monogrammed Soap: Carved Solutions // Custom Pillows: CKD Originals // Transportation: Best Transportation // Mocha Heart Cookies: DIY // Mini Pies and Cake: Sugaree // Makeup: Blown Away St. Louis // Hair: Maren Keen // Ring Bearer’s Outfits: Women’s Exchange // Flower Girl Dress: Laura Ashley // Bow Ties: Brooks Brothers // Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell // Jewelry: Genovese // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Jacket: R&M Designs // Veil and Dress: Vera Wang // Calligraphy: Barbara Winnerman // Paper Products: Service Bureau // Reception Band: Mirage // Ceremony Music: Rosewood Ensemble // Florist: Ken Meisner // Reception Venue: Racquet Club